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New Album Coming Out This Month! Plus…August newsy news!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you are staying cool out there and finding time to play. There is a lot going on here at BW world headquarters, so here goes!

I’m releasing a new album on August 30, WOOP! And I’ll be releasing three singles from that album as we lead up to the release date. Aaaand I’ve got some wonderful events coming up, too. More about all this below…


GRATITUDE: Large heaps of gratitude to these wonderful folks who have made my life more delicious…Jeff & Norm and all at Becker Canyon Driveway concerts, Oregon Poetry Association, DJ Jim & Jive Radio & Cascades Radio Hour and High Desert Music Hall and Dennis McGregor, Don & Wendy & Adrianne & Ronnie & all the wonderful staff and people at Lange Winery.


THE BIG NEWS: A new album coming out Aug 30, woop!! Y’all, I am SO EXCITED to share LOVE IS ONTO YOU with you. I recorded these songs with just me and a guitar here in Sisters at Keith Banning’s studio (thank you, Keith!) as acoustic offerings for my patrons. Then I asked my extremely talented friend and collaborator Tyler Fortier to add some sparkle to these songs. We asked a few musicians (Milo Fultz, Nate Barnes, David Jacobs-Strain and Phillipe Bronchtein) to help us out by recording their parts remotely, and then Tyler sifted through the magic to create the album LOVE IS ONTO YOU. We were never in the same room, let alone zip code, and that speaks to our history of trust. I am so blown away by what these amazing musicians created!

SO…LOVE IS ONTO YOU will be available on all the usual platforms for streaming and downloading and purchasing on August 30. However, I have the CDs in my hands right now! So if you would like a CD, I would love to send you one!

ALBUM PRE-SALE: For a new CD, please send $20 via PayPal or Venmo (@bethwoodmusic, last 4 digits are 0595). Be sure to include your mailing address. And if you would like to buy the download directly from me, I’d be happy to send you the files! Please send $10 via via PayPal or Venmo. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions?

I’m offering this new album free to patrons in whatever format they choose! So if you’re curious about Patreon (a subscription to my music and poetry), now’s a good time to check it out and sign up, and I’ll send the the album as a bonus!

Here is the gorgeous artwork for the front and back covers! Front photo by Dennis McGregor and back photo by Brent McGregor and Kara Mickaelsen.

Click here to listen to the title track if you want a little taste!

And here’s a little lyric video teaser I created for the first single LOVE KEEPS THE FLAME coming out on Aug 2. If you use Spotify, you can pre-save the single here. If not, no worries!

I’ll try not to inundate you with emails and updates between now and release date ha! But I’m just so dang excited.

Tue, Aug 9 – Keep The Change – single release

Tue, Aug 23 – The Speed Of Lonely – single release

Tue, Aug 30 – LOVE IS ONTO YOU – album release

Please follow me on your favorite streaming platforms to hear these new releases when they go live!

AUGUST EVENTS

Mon-Fri, Aug 15-19 – The Nature of Expression Creativity Camp – Sisters, OR. An opportunity for youth going into grades 5-8 to explore art, music, creative writing and nature. Hosted by Sisters Folk Festival. I am so excited to collaborate with amazing artist Judy Fuentes again for a week of creativity and fun! Camp is sold out but you can email dave@sistersfolkfestival.org to be put on the waiting list.

Wed, Aug 24 – The Suttle Lodge – Sisters, OR. I love this stunningly beautiful place in Deschutes National Forest about 20 minutes outside of Sisters! I’ll be playing at the rustic village (near the cluster of little green cabins) from 5-7 pm. Free and no tickets needed. $20 for the BBQ. The guest brewery is one of my favorites, Pfriem Family Brewers from Hood River!

Sun, Aug 28 – Backyard House Concert – Sisters, OR. With Dennis McGregor. A beautiful outdoor house concert hosted by Tom and Norene Gonsiewski! Tom and Norene say…All concerts are held in our yard, 287 W Jefferson Ave., Sisters. All proceeds go to the musicians, you supply your chair, blanket, snacks and beverages and spread the word to your friends. We will supply the space, bathrooms, water and cookies. If you would like to make cookies to share, you are welcome to bring them too. Children are very welcome at no charge, but please leave your doggies at home. Come early and visit with friends and enjoy a cookie, then we can all get ready to listen. Please email us with your intention to come and the size of your party, so that we can save you a space on the lawn! We can comfortably fit up to 90, and we want you to spread the word, so help us reserve your space first! From 6-8 pm. Requested donation is $20 per person.

Fri & Sat, Sep 2 & 3 – Home By Dark at Union Hill Park – Alpharetta, GA. 1590 Little Pine Trail. 678.665.0040. Home By Dark is my favorite concert series EVER, and I am thrilled to return to make some musical mischief with my friends! Since 2007, HOME BY DARK has captivated audiences with one of the most powerful and unique concert events in America. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage, HOME BY DARK is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget. Music starts at 8 pm. Gates open at 6:30. Table seating only. Saturday is sold out. Click here for Friday tickets and more info.

SOME RANDOM PICS

My favorite practice spot…

This is what Hannah thinks of summer…

Well, we didn’t get any pics from our Cascades Radio Hour show at High Desert Music Hall, but we did get to do a photo shoot with the amazing Heaven McArthur! Love these shots…

And I love these pics of Hannah Laroo! Guess what, y’all? Aug 21 will be our first anniversary of the day I brought her home! She has brought me so much joy and laughter and companionship and comfort, and I am SO grateful for this little character!


Friends, I have to say I am overwhelmed with gratitude to still be able to make music and share it with you and to be a part of these amazing concerts and workshops. The music business has always been a mystery to me, and quite frankly it has chafed against my skin like an ill-fitting pair of burlap pants. 🙂 The pandemic allowed me to shift my thinking and my approach, and I’m doing things on my own terms now. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have this direct connection with you through music. I hope to nurture that connection for many years to come!

With big heaps of gratitude,

b

Down the road a piece…

Sun, Sep 11 – Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project Concert – Portland, OR

Sun, Sep 18 – Private House Concert – Olympia, WA

Mon-Thu Sep 26-29 – Americana Song Academy – Camp Sherman, OR

Sun, Oct 2 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters OR

Sun, Oct 23 – Songwriters-In-The-Round w/Cal Scott & Richard Moore – Portland, OR

Sun-Fri, Oct 30 – Nov 4 – Moab Folk Camp – Moab, UT


p.s. if you want a good laugh here’s our blooper reel from when we tried to make a video to promote our gig last month…heehee

Here’s the June/July Newsy News!

Spring is in full bloom around here, although we’re still having some chilly days and nights! I’m grateful for mother nature and her vibrant colors and hopeful signs of blooming. As we head into summer, I wanted to check in and give you a few updates. Here’s the quick low-down of what’s happening right now, and I hope you’ll scroll down for more details…

–I am loving life here in Sisters! The small-town vibe really suits me, and it reminds me of another beloved town I once called home…Brevard, NC. And my folks moved here to central Oregon, woop!

–Last year I started a part-time job at our local independent bookstore, Paulina Springs Books. It’s awesome! I’m so excited that my role at the bookstore will be expanding to include coordinating in-store events!

–I’m not planning tours at this time, and I will still be playing shows when it feels delicious and wonderful! I’ve got some deliciously wonderful shows coming up!

–I am loving teaching/coaching, and I’ve got a few fun workshoppy things coming up this summer!

Patreon is still the best way to stay in touch, hear my new work, and support my art! (For example I just shared a video of me reading a poem about getting criticism for using too many exclamation points. Can you imagine?!! haha)

–I’ll be releasing a new album soon! It will be my 14th album, WHAAAAAAT?! Can you believe it, y’all? All patrons will get the new album in their preferred format before anyone else!

–Hannah is still insanely cute, and she graduated from Basic Companionship class! We discovered her middle name and it’s ‘Laroo’.

(And thank you, Norm Eder for the awesome photo up at the top of the page! This was taken as part of a project called “The Every Artist Has a Story Project” sponsored by The Jeremy Wilson Foundation… more on that fun project coming soon!)


Here are some fun summer events coming up:

Thu, June 2 – Roundabout Books – Bend, OR. 900 NW Mt. Washington Drive #119. 541-306-6564. 900 NW Mt. Washington Drive #119. 541-306-6564. Please join us at Roundabout Books & Cafe for this in-store event with Editor Kimberley Bowker and several writers involved with The Central Oregon Book Project. I will be reading my poem “To The High Desert Frogs…” in celebration of the book’s release! Free to attend and books will be available for purchase.

Sun, June 12 – Becker Canyon Driveway Concerts – Portland, OR. I’mexcited to play the BCP Ampitheatre for the first time! BCP began as a way to help friends and neighbors survive the Covid-19 lock down blues and to put money into the pockets of our amazing professional musicians. Everybody wins! The series was such a success that it will continue throughout the summer of 2022! 8900 SW Becker Drive. Concerts are free but donations are requested (suggested $20 per person). All are welcome. For more info, email Norm at norme@cfmpdx.com.

Tue, June 21 – Oregon Poetry Association Presents: A Virtual Songwriting Workshop/Playshop with Beth Wood. Are you curious about songwriting? I’m excited to lead this workshop/playshop for writers of all levels of experience. We will start from scratch with writing exercises to get your creativity flowing. We’ll talk about ways to shake the ideas loose that you can access at any time. We will explore how words lend themselves to melodies and rhythms. And we’ll have fun creating something! Hosted by the Oregon Poetry Association, this virtual event is free to attend. Click here for more info and registration.

Wed, July 6 – The High Desert Music Hall – Redmond, OR. 818 SW Forest Ave. 541-527-1387. Jiveradio.org presents The Cascade Radio Hour featuring BW and Dennis McGregor at Ticket link and details coming soon.

Sun, July 24 – Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards Summer Concert Series – Dundee, OR. 18380 NE Buena Vista Drive, Dundee, OR. 503-538-6476. 5-7 pm. Join us for a mid-summer, Sunday evening concert at beautiful Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards! $40 Public/$32 Club Members. Ticket includes first glass of wine. Additional wines by the glass or bottle are available for purchase during the concert. Click here for tickets.

Y’all I’m so excited to be releasing my 14th album soon! Can you believe it?! This has been a labor of love and of spiritual necessity facilitated by the very talented producer Tyler Fortier. The album is called “Love Is Onto You” and I am so proud of this work we did together. Stay tuned for release details! I’ll be making a few hundred CDs for folks who like to listen that way. Here are the front and back covers.

And here is a little taste… a preview of the title track. Click here to listen! 

And last but not least, I hope you’ll consider joining my Patreon community! You can become a patron for as little as $1/month (or for as much as you like!) You can even get a 10% discount if you subscribe for a year all at once. For about the cost of an album dowload, you get boatloads of new, unreleased works and first listen/glance on everything I do! I send patrons one new song and one new poem every month, and it has pushed me to be more creative than I’ve ever been. I hope you’ll consider this option especially if you primarily use streaming for listening to music. Streaming pays artists fractions of a penny per stream, so Patreon is a great way to support artists alongside enjoying the ease and convenience of streaming!

I’m working on a little video to celebrate my two year Patreon journey. Stay tuned for that!

Gratitude…Special thank you to Julie & Gordon, Mark & Melanie, and everyone who came out to our barn concert/benefit for World Central Kitchen!! Dennis and I played music and many local artists donated art for auction. We raised $2,700 for this amazing organization that is providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises in Ukraine and beyond. THANK YOU to our wonderful community for coming together for this event!

And thank you to Lane and Paulina Springs Books for inviting us to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the bookstore! Even though it was cold and rainy, we had a great time. Check out our littlest fan, ha!

Thanks so much for staying in touch — as always I love hearing from you!

May we take good care of ourselves and each other and celebrate moments of joy large and small. I am so grateful to be here making music and poetry, and I hope to connect with you soon!

Yours in gratitude and in song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

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April’s Newsy Newsletter!

thank you, Elizabeth Campbell for this cool photo!

Good morning, friends from a beautiful, crisp spring morning in Sisters! These longer days are welcome and the tiny little flowers are lifting my spirits. And the little singing frogs are waking up and serenading us at night! I am reminded that it is a world of wonder, and it is a welcome reminder.

I want to share a wonderful event coming up, and everyone can take part, no matter where you are!

I am SO excited for our She’s Speaking Live benefit concert to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, and I hope you’ll join us! We will be putting on an in-person concert on Sunday, April 10 to benefit Mercy Corp, a Portland-based non-profit supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania and beyond. The wonderful folks at Artichoke Music in Portland (2007 SE Powell Blvd, 503-232-8845) are donating space and hosting our in-person concert as well helping us to livestream the concert to the whole wide internet world! Performers include my fellow co-founders Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger, Portland singer-songwriter and fiddler Kathryn Claire, Ukranian singer-songwriter Darka Dusty, and lil ol me. All the performers are donating their time, and Artichoke is generously donating space and staff hours and hosting and helping us with a raffle with many unbelievably good goodies! Hammer & Stitch Brewing in Portland is donating beer, yum! SO…

If you are in Portland and would like to attend the live show, tickets are available here.

If you’d like to watch the livestream, you can donate and watch here.

If you’d like to buy raffle tickets, you can do that here. (You do not need to be present to win!)

Check out the amazing raffle prizes here, including a custom-built uke from Luthier Dan Wetzel with the She’s Speaking logo on the headstock, OMG!!!

And here’s what else is cooking in the month of April…

I am so honored to be a part of a celebration of life for my friend Jimmy Landry. On Saturday evening, April 2 at the White Horse in Black Mountain, NC, we’ll gather to sing and remember and celebrate the life of our dear friend. Jimmy was a shining light and a positive force, a friend to all he met, a talented and generous singer-songwriter who impacted my life and the lives of many others. All donations will go to Bounty and Soul, an organization Jimmy loved and supported wholeheartedly. You can watch a livestream of the tribute to Jimmy Landry here!

I’ve got a few spots left for my virtual song circle on April 13 . Song circles are a wonderful opportunity to share your songs in a supportive environment. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotamil.com if you’d like to join us! And did you know… you can come and just listen if you’d like?

And I also have a couple spots left for my Virtual Feedback Song Salon on Apri 25. Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. Cost is sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you can – no judgment! Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

And y’all, April is poetry month! I’m excited work with kids in the schools here again to delve into poetry. And I was honored recently to be invited by the Oregon Poetry Association to be a judge in their poetry contest. It was a difficult task but an extremely rewarding one, and it gave me hope that poetry is alive and thriving here in Oregon! So in honor of poetry month, here’s a little poem about the singing frogs, soon to appear in the upcoming Central Oregon Book Project!

Oh what fun we had at The Belfry here in Sisters!! Big love and gratitude to Jenner Fox and his band, to Angeline and all of The Belfry staff, to my sweetie Dennis McGregor for sitting in with me on harmonica! and to all of the folks who came out to celebrate live music in person with us!! It was a magical evening that lifted my spirits to the moon!

There are some exciting things on the horizon, including a barn concert/benefit for Ukraine right here in Sisters on May 21! Dennis and I will be playing and we are so excited for this collaboration with new friends so save the date and stay tuned for more details!

And in Hannah news, she is still and fierce and impossibly cute! After getting to know her sweet, spunky spirit for the last six months, we’ve decided that her middle name is Larue. It rhymes with the “wooooo” she gives out when she’s excited to see someone. 🙂 So her full name is offically Hannah Larue “Pumpkin” Wood, and I couldn’t love her more! Hannah and I are starting our Basic Companionship class in April! Although I think we’re rocking the basic companionship already, I’m excited to learn and to give her new and exciting challenges. Here we are walking along the Metolius river, a magical spot here just outside of Sisters!

Thank you for reading and listening and encouraging and supporting me on my creative path. It has taken twists and turns I never could have imagined, and I am so grateful that you are still with me, so grateful to be making music and poetry and silly little frog poetry videos. If you’d like to hear all of my new work, I hope you’ll consider joining me on Patreon!

Hope to see you in person or out there on the interwebs soon! 🙂

Yours in gratitude and in song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I try

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March newsy update!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! (and thank you, Norm Eder for this photo!)

Spring is right around the corner, and there are lots of good things happening here. Meanwhile, these are anxious times for all. I pray for peace, and I will continue to write and sing against the darkness…it’s what I know how to do, and I believe in it with my whole heart.

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who tuned in to my Joyful Measures Livestream concert with the wonderful RJ Cowdery! And thank you to everyone who sent in donations. We felt like we were all in the same living room joying an intimate concert together. We appreciate your generosity so much! If you missed it, you can watch it here!

And friends, the BIG NEWS IS… I am SO EXCITED to be playing a concert onSaturday, March 12 at The Belfry LIVE in person and in 3D right here in my hometown with the Jenner Fox band! It has been so long I can barely remember how to do this, but I’m ready to try! If you are anywhere Sisters or Central Oregon, I hope you’ll join us on March 12 at The Belfry, an old church converted into a venue and sacred space for music. I moved here two years ago and I have not yet played an indoor show. I’m nervous and over the moon excited. I’ve got new songs coming out my ears that I can’t wait to share. I hope you’ll join us! the show will be seated with refreshments available in the bar. 302 E Main Ave, Sisters, OR. 7 pm doors/7:30 music. $20. Tickets available here.

I’ve got a few spots left for my virtual song circle on Wed, March 9. Song circles are a wonderful opportunity to share your songs in a supportive environment. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotamil.com if you’d like to join us!

And I also have a couple spots left for my Virtual Feedback Song Salon on Tues, March 29. Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. Cost is sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you can – no judgment! Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

I am so THRILLED to be leading Songs Forever! – a 6-week songwriting workshop starting March 7! This class is full, and I am so grateful to all of you who signed up for believing in me and investing in your creativity. I can’t wait to go on this song voyage with you! If you’d like to be on the email list for future workshops, please holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.


And finally, this month we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of our launch of the She’s Speaking project. When we started She’s Speaking, we reached out to women musicians we love and asked them to write a song about women who inspire them. We were completely blown away by the result! Over 60 original songs and videos, a super fun livestream launch party, several livestream concerts and a live concert later, we’re still going strong and still working to amplify women’s voices and create spaces where women’s stories and artistry can be heard by all people! On March 8, International Women’s Day, we are going to premiere a short video featuring an overview of the project’s mission and goals and live footage from our She’s Speaking Live concert in Portland this past November! We are also launching a new website here. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate International Women’s Day and our one year anniversary of She’s Speaking! Tune in here on March 8 at 7 pm Pacific time to watch and visit with us in the chat!

And if you haven’t already done so, please follow us Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the lastest updates! (Here we are after our roof-raising concert at The Alberta Rose in November! We can’t wait to do more!)

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And finally, if you’d like to stay up to date with my new work, I hope you’ll consider joining me here on Patreon, where I release a new song and new poem every month. You can join for as little as $1 a month!

I am so grateful — now more than ever — for this life centered around following the winding path of creativity. Thank you for supporting me along the way! I hope I can sing for you or share poems with you soon. And I hope you are finding ways to nurture your spirit in these trying times. Yours in gratitude and song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I try

She’s Speaking website

She’s Speaking Facebook

She’s Speaking YouTube

My Feb newsy update!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

Here we are in 2022, and already February has come knocking! I hope you are finding ways to navigate this crazy time we are in! As is always the case, one thing that has kept me going is music. It’s different now making music and not being out there sharing it in the world, but it still such an enormous gift that I am thankful for every day!

In the last 22 months I have turned my attention to internet music-making :), writing, creating songs and poems to share with my Patreon community, and teaching, I have found all of these to be so rewarding and meaningful. So here’s what’s up in then new year…

PATREON. This is hands-down the best way to support my art. It is a community and a subscription to my songs and poems. You can join for as little as $1 a month, and any amount of support is deeply meaningful! Here’s a poem I shared recently with my patrons to give you a little taste of what I’m up to…

JOYFUL MEASURES LIVESTREAM is back! I am SO excited to swap songs and stories and laughs with the great RJ Cowdery on Monday, Feb 21 at 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern! RJ Cowdery has one of my all-time favorite voices! It wraps around you like a warm honey blanket, and then her deep and truthful songs take you on an unforgettable ride from laughter to tears. I’ve missed singing with RJ and dangit, I miss my friend! Tune in on my Facebook music page (you do not have to have a FB account to watch). It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at… Venmo: @bethwoodmusic Paypal. 6:00 Pacific 7:00 Mountain 8:00 Central 9:00 Eastern

SONGS FOREVER! – A SIX-WEEK VIRTUAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP launches in March! This inclusive, interactive workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gather with other songwriters, to learn from and support and challenge each other, and to set aside time for creativity. Songs are powerful story delivery systems, and I can’t get enough! Songs help us pass down information, access our emotions, open our minds and move our bodies. I believe that engaging with other songwriters in community is a surefire way to spark inspiration and help us grow in our creative practice. We will work together in a supportive, non-judgmental space to access our unique stories and translate them into song. What are the nuts and bolts of songwriting and how can we utilize them to convey our message? What can we learn from other songwriters? We’ll use games and prompts to spark ideas, and we’ll support each other in guiding those ideas into the shape of a song. We will write, share, listen and learn from each other. Bring your open heart, your open mind and your curious spirit. All levels of songwriting experience are welcome. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions. Monday evenings from March 7 – April 11 from 7-8:30 pm Pacific time on Zoom.. Sliding scale $100-$150 (Venmo:@bethwoodmusic or Paypal). Click here to learn more!

Some fun news and a welcome invitation…I just got to sing on my friend David Lamotte’s new album and it was SO MUCH FUN!! What an honor it is to be invited to collaborate with someone whom you admire. I have been walking around singing his songs for weeks now, they’re that good! Here’s David’s website if you want to see what he’s up to. I’ll be sure and share when the album comes out.

I will continue hosting monthly virtual song circles and feedback song salons. Song circles are simple gatherings for the purpose of sharing songs. 2nd Wednesdays at 7 pm Pacific, free and donations joyfully accepted. Feedback song salons are small gatherings to give and receive feedback from other songwriters. $10-$25 sliding scale. These are on last Mondays (except for the March feedback song salon, which will be on Tues, March 29). Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you’d like to join us!

And finally, the great Tyler Fortier is working hard at producing my next album, and I am SO excited to share it with you and with the world! Hoping for a late spring release and I will keep you posted! Here’s a song that will be on it called The Day After Tomorrow.

And on much more practical note, I’m using a new email newsletter service because the one I used for many years got bought buy a company called CovertKit. So as I’m learning to navigate this new program, please let me know if you have feedback about this new format?

As always, I love hearing from you! Wherever you are, may the music flow and may you find ways to keep your spirits lifted. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I try

She’s Speaking website

She’s Speaking Facebook

She’s Speaking YouTube

November Newsy News!

Click Hello, friends and fellow music lovers – I hope you enjoying this beautiful autumn day.

It’s a big week over here at BW world headquarters! Here’s what’s coming up and I hope you can join in on some of the fun!

WEDNESDAY, NOV 3 – Joyful Measures Do-Over Livestream with Jesse Terry! You may have tuned in a couple weeks ago when we tried our livestream and had technical difficulties (and we thank you for hanging with us!). We’ve decided to try again because WHY NOT!?! I started this livestream series called Joyful Measures during the time of isolation last year to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to reconnect with my friends! Jesse Terry is one of my favorite people in the world, and also one of the most positive people and one of the most hard-working musicians I know. Plus he is an amazing writer whose songs stay in my head for days and days and hearing him sing always lifts my spirits and dangit, I miss my friend! We’ll swap songs and tell stories, giggle, and talk a little bit about what brings us joy. You can tune in here on my Facebook music page.  (You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch).It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at Venmo: @bethwoodmusic and Paypal. We are starting early at 4:30 Pacific time which means a reasonable hour for our East Coast friends! Jesse and his wonderful wife Jess have a daughter Lily and we want to respect her bedtime! 🙂 4:30 Pacific/5:30 Mountain/6:30 Central/7:30 Eastern. We’ll go for about an hour, and then we’ll meet up for an after-party with our Patreon communities on Zoom. Click here to learn about signing up for Patreon!

Guess what y’all, FRIDAY, NOV 5 is release day for a new single!! I teamed up with the amazing Naomi Laviolette for a holiday duet – we recorded my song “Love Is Love (The Christmas Eve Song)” and it will be available on all streaming platforms and Apple and Amazon for digital download on Nov 5. If you use Spotify, will you do us a favor and click here to pre-save the single? It would help us out a lot! I am SO exicted for everyone to hear it! I first met Naomi when we both worked on the Lullaby Project, a program of the Oregon Symphony that pairs songwriters with parents experiencing housing insecurity to write lullabies for their children. Naomi heard my song (we follow each other on Patreon, YAY), and asked if I would like to release it as a duet and I said a resounding YES!! We got busy arranging our vocal/guitar/piano parts, and Naomi recorded her beautiful felt piano at home. Then we spent a really fun day at Grange Recorders studio here in Sisters, and Mai Bloomfield created and recorded her cello parts at her home studio. Then the amazing Gus Berry mixed it at his Berrytown studio in Portland, and Naomi made this gorgeous video and my heart is subsequently overflowing with joy and gratitude and happy tears!!

When I wrote this song, I was living in a new town — too far away and too expensive to travel to visit family for Christmas. I was walking my dog Bailey in the park early on Christmas Eve morning. It was frosty and the holiday sights and sounds were all around. I had just read a news story about the city moving a camp of houseless folks. Where were they supposed to go? Weren’t they travelers looking for a place to rest, just like Mary and Joseph? The first few lines of that song came to me fully formed as we were walking, and we rushed home so I wouldn’t lose them. Then I sat at the piano and followed the thread. 

I was feeling so alone that morning writing that song. And then the music worked its magic and brought all of this wondrous collective effort together, and now I can’t believe how that little idea grew. Much love and gratitude to Naomi for her generosity and amazing musicianship and hard work on this, and to Gus and Keith and Mai for adding their beautiful talents to the recording. Here’s a little preview… and here is Naomi on Patreon if you’d like to learn more about her and her wonderful artistry.

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And SUNDAY, NOV 7 is our very first She’s Speaking Live concert at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland!! I can’t even describe how inspiring and spirit-lifting it has been to collaborate with these amazing women! We’ll have eight women songwriters across genres paying tribute to women through song – both original songs and songs by women artists we admire. You don’t wanna miss this! Here are all the details…

Featuring: Edna Vazquez, Arietta Ward, Bre Gregg, Kristen Grainger, LaRhonda Steele, Liz Chibucos, Naomi LaViolette and BW backed by a killer band.  Doors open at 6/Music at 7. Tickets: $25 Advance/$30 At the Door. For the health and safety of everyone, at this time, entry to the Alberta Rose Theatre requires proof of a full course of COVID vaccination. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces per the current State of Oregon mandate. Click here for more details and tickets! 

I’ll have my monthly virutal song circle on Wed, Nov 10 and also my monthly virtual feedback song salon on Monday, Nov 22. Please see my website for details and email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot for those.

And finally, I am excited to tell you about a special retreat I’ll be co-leading in December with my friends Kirstin Anglea and Alan Claassen. It is a Winter Solstice retreat (virtual) called Threads Of Light, based on the Circle of Trust approach developed by the Center for Courage & Renewal. We co-led this retreat last year and it was incredibly nourishing, inspiring, connecting, deeply moving, and fun.  I am very grateful and humbled that I get to weave again with these amazing humans. We’ll have poetry, music, reflection, and invitations for sharing, and a beautiful closing ritual. Here is a link to lots more information including how to register if you are interested. I hope you’ll consider joining us! 

I also have some fun bonus news to share… I got a part-time job at our local bookstore, Paulina Springs Books! I am so excited to learn and read and get to know more people in this community. I feel lucky to be able to find work that is meaningful to me and supportive of my creative endeavors! So if you’re ever in Sisters, please stop by and see us! Or if you’d like to check out the bookstore online, you can visit here. You can even order books from us online!

As we turn toward these shorter days and darker, colder nights, I am steeped in gratitude for my community, for the vital connections that music and poetry and art bring into my life, for new opportunities and for letting go, and for your support throughout the years. Thank you for walking beside me and cheering me on! May you find ways to lift and nourish your spirits. With heaps of gratitude from your fan,

Beth

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

BW World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Take a listen and won’t ya follow me on Spotify?

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

Here’s my face singing songs on Youtube

I’ve mostly given up but sometimes I say things on Twitter She’s Speaking on YouTube
She’s Speaking on Facebook  She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

And p.s. here’s the Hannah update…she’s still cute and we’re working on separation anxiety and she eats dead mice and throws up in the car and I still love her!! We went to the beach and she loved it!

Welcome, October!

Hello friends and fellow music lovers, and happy fall! 

I hope you are enjoying these crisp days. Just touching in to let you know about some awesome things coming up!

But first I must send a huge heap of gratitude! Thank you Sisters Folk Festival and staff, thank you Americana Song Academy campers and staff and generous instructors, thank you brilliant artist light-bringers, thank you volunteers and crew, thank you loving music lovers who gathered and revelled safely and joyfully in the name of song. I didn’t even realize how thirsty I was.

Below is our closing song at the Sunday Community Celebration. I am deeply honored to be the host, and every year I wonder if we’re gonna be able to pull the whole thing off…and every year the magic unfolds and flows like water for our souls. 

This song is a delicious miracle in itself! It was created from a class at song camp by the amazing Dennis McGregor called “Hike and Write” in which about 25 of us marched to a beat and giggled and shouted out words and phrases which Dennis captured on his phone and then sorted through back at camp. Then the great Willy Porter created a tasty funky beat to go underneath and then Thunderstorm Artis and Brad Tisdel were walking by and sang verses and next thing you know we were all singing and dancing there was no tomorrow and no yesterday. It was indeed a perfect day. It was a perfect seven days full of wonder and connection and joy and tears and in the name of music I could not be more grateful, amen.

Here is what is coming up soon y’all…I hope you’ll join me! 

Tue, Oct 12 – Joyful Measures Livestream concert with Jesse Terry! Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Jesse Terry one of the most positive people and one of the most hard-working musicians I know. Plus he is an amazing writer whose songs stay in my head for days and days and hearing him sing always lifts my spirits and dangit, I miss my friend! We’ll swap songs and tell stories, giggle, and talk a little bit about what brings us joy. Tune in right here on my Facebook music page (you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch). It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at…Venmo: @bethwoodmusic and Paypal here. 4:30 Pacific/5:30 Mountain/6:30 Central/7:30 Eastern

Wed, Oct 13 – Virtual Song Circle. You can join us from anywhere in the world! Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. I hope you’ll come and share a song…all levels of experience are welcome! Original songs and covers are great. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

Mon, Oct 25 – Feedback Song Salon. Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me for info or to reserve your slot at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

Sun, Nov 7 – She’s Speaking Live at the Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR. After a successful online launch during the pandemic, She’s Speaking Live debuts in person on Sunday, Nov. 7 for an uplifting evening celebrating women’s voices and stories. Several of Oregon’s finest women singer-songwriters backed by a killer band perform their originals as well as songs by women artists who inspire them! Featuring: Edna VazquezArietta WardBre GreggKristen GraingerLaRhonda Steele, Beth Wood, Liz Chibucos and Naomi LaViolette. Doors open at 6:00, music at 7:00. $25 Advance/$30 At the Door. Click here for tickets. This. Will. Be. Epic!

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And finally, here’s something really fun! My friend the amazing Naomi LaViolette asked me if I would like to record my song “Love Is Love (The Christmas Eve Song) as a duet and release it as a holiday single. Of course I said YES and we got to work recording and arranging and harmonizing and then our friend Mai Bloomfield added beautiful cello parts and we are so over the moon happy with how it turned out! The song will be launched on streaming platforms on November 5, and it would be a GREAT BIG HELP to us if you would pre-save it on Spotify! That will give us better chances of getting the song added to a curated playlist, the best way to reach lots and lots of new ears!  (Pre-saving really helps us independent artists…if you use Spotify, can you take a moment to give us this click of support?) Click here to pre-save!

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Thank you so much for all of your love and support year after year and for reading these newsy newsletters. If you’d like to keep up with all my new songs and poems, I hope you’ll consider joining me on Patreon. It’s easy and the best way to suppport my art! With a grateful heart…your fan,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

BW World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Take a listen and won’t ya follow me on Spotify?

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

Here’s my face singing songs on Youtube

I’ve mostly given up but sometimes I say things on TwitterShe’s Speaking on YouTube
She’s Speaking on Facebook She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

Here I am on the porch practicing for Sisters Folk Festival…it had been a while! Thankfully I remembered how to play my songs.



 I mean come ON, look at that face!!


Well Hannah spent the week at Central Bark here in Sisters while I was at song camp and festival, and she did great! So proud of her. When we got home she climbed on the couch and fell asleep with her leg in the air. Girl, I felt the same way, ha! 

September newsy news…

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers and greetings from a chilly morning here in Sisters. I can’t believe it’s almost September! Time moves in funny ways these days.

We had a blast doing our concert from the front porch for patrons! If you’d like to get in on that fun, join me and this wonderful group of music lovers on Patreon! I release new music and poetry each month here, and you can join for as little as $1 a month. Considering that I just got my 2020 royalty checks for YouTube and Google Play and they were $.16 and $.01 respecitvely, it’s clear that streaming works great for the customer and for big tech companies, but it leaves us the artists out of the equation. Music lovers are often shocked to learn this and ask what they can do. My answer is to give direct support to artists you love! Patreon is a great way to do that. Ok, enough soapbox, y’all… on to some more things I’m excited about!

On Monday, August 30She’s Speaking is teaming up with FAR-West (the western regional of Folk Alliance) to present a livestream concert! We’ll be celebrating women’s voices and stories through song, and best of all we’ll gather these AMAZING artists and songwriters to sing live for you and for everyone on the interwebs!  With the great Bre Gregg (Redbird), Kristen Grainger (True North), Shireen AminiGabrielle LouiseAireene Espiritu, and lil ol me hosting! We’ll also be making a big announcement about the future of She’s Speaking so don’t miss this! 7 pm Pacific time downbeat. This event free to watch and donations will be joyfully accepted and distributed among these hard-working artists (Paypal: https://tinyurl.com/bfp24tvt, Venmo: @shesspeaking).  Tune in here on the FAR-West YouTube channel! 

aug 30 far-west/she's speaking livestream announcement

Wednesday, Sept 8 will be my monthly virtual song circle. You can join us from anywhere in the world! Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. I hope you’ll come and share a song…all levels of experience are welcome! Original songs and covers are great. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

Monday, Sept 20 I will host another virtual feedback song salon! Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me if you are interested at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. 

I am SO looking forward to our beloved Americana Song Academy (a/k/a “song camp”) coming up Monday, Sept 26-Thursday, Sept 30. We will be at a new venue this year in Camp Sherman, House On The Metolius, and the setting is stunning. Instructors include Mary Gauthier, Willy Porter, Ordinary Elephant, Robby Hecht, Emily Scott Robinson, Alisa Amidor, Thunderstorm Artis, Dennis McGregor and little ol’ me. Song camp is currently sold out, but there is a waiting list.  Click here for more details.

And fingers and toes crossed for The Sisters Folk Festival on October 1-3!! This is my favorite festival ever, and now my hometown festival! 🙂 This year there will be seven outdoor stages, and the lineup is out of this world! 

Oh man, we had the most fun and wonderful week with the kiddos at The Nature of Expression creativity camp! We made art and wrote songs and poems and spent time in nature and giggled and sang and collaborated for five days in a row, and it was so inspiring! Big thank yous to the amazing Judy Fuentes for being such a wonderful co-leader, to the Sisters Folk Festival for the opportunity and support, and to the kiddos for being SO FUN! Judy and I were joking that we should have creativity day camp for adults next summer, but we were only half-joking! Stay tuned on that one… :)We formed two bands called The Bubbles and The Artful Aardvarks. 🙂 Here are lyrics to our two hit songs we wrote together called “I Don’t Want Your Number” and “The Wind Knows My Name”…

And speaking of fun, my friend the amazing composer, singer, songwriter, pianist Naomi LaViolette and I spent a day at Grange Recorders here in Sisters recording our duet of my song “Love Is Love (The Christmas Eve Song)”!! Naomi asked me a few months ago if I would have any interest in collaborating on this song, and my answer was a big YES! She recorded the piano part at her home in Portland, and when I heard it I just about melted it is so gorgeous. Then I added some guitar and we sang our vocals, and we have a special guest our sleeves to put the icing on the cake. Stay tuned for more news soon…

And of course my other big news is…I finally found my four-legged friend! Her name is Hannah and she is the sweetest, cutest girl that melts my heart every time I look at her! She was rescued from Texas by the angels at Agave Dogs Rescue and I got to go pick her up last Saturday. I have been searching for many months, and my heart kept saying yes with each step I took closer to her. She is doing so great considering all of the changes she has been through, and I am so proud of her! We took our first hike on the Metolius river and she LOVED IT! I look forward to a lifetime of adventures and love and snuggles with this girl! 

I’m so thankful for you! These are uncertain times, and it brings me great joy to know you’re out there. I always love hearing from you! Thank you for reading and tuning in to livestreams and sending support and encouragement my way. I’m sending you a big ol dose of gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

BW World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Take a listen and won’t ya follow me on Spotify?

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

Here’s my face singing songs on Youtube

I’ve mostly given up but sometimes I say things on Twitter

She’s Speaking on YouTube
She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

Dog days of summer and newsy news!

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying these sunny days and the zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers that go along with them! I can’t believe how summer is flying by, and I’m trying my best to savor every precious moment. 

Here are a few fun things coming up…details below!

Thu, Aug 12 – Patron-only Zoom Porch Concert

Aug 16-20 – The Nature of Expression Creativity Camp – Sisters, OR

Mon, Aug 30 – She’s Speaking Livestream Concert

Thu, Aug 12 – Patron-only Zoom Porch Concert! In celebration of my Patreon community growing to include 127 of THE most fabulous folks, I’m offering a front porch Zoom concert for my patrons – with song requests welcome! And with a very special mystery harmonica-playing guest. 🙂 If you’d like to join us, sign up for Patreon here! (Patreon is a membership platform that connects you directly with my creative output. It allows you to support my work directly and gain access to exclusive content, new releases, etc. I share a new song and a new poem every month with my patreon community. It’s like a fan-club and a CSA for songs and poems all rolled up into one!)

(aw man I sure do miss my trusty sidekick Miss Bailey Pants! The search for a new sweet and wonderful sidekick continues, stay tuned…)

Mon, Aug 16-Fri, Aug 20 – I’m getting SO EXCITED for our Nature of Expression Creativity Camp! It is a joy to collaborate with the amazing artist and human Judy Fuentes in helping kids get creative, make art and music and poetry, and have fun! Last year was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to see what we make together. This camp is sold out, woop!

Mon, Aug 30 – She’s Speaking Livestream Concert. Holy moly, y’all, we are teaming up FAR-West (the western regional chapter of Folk Alliance) for their FAR-West Community Spotlight Livestream series! We will be featuring six She’s Speaking artists in a livestream concert with live performances and conversation. We started She’s Speaking to create platforms for women’s voices and women’s stories to be heard by everyone. We’re inviting you to get comfy and join us in the virtual realm for an evening of inspiration and connection through song! Featuring Bre Gregg (Redbird), Kristen Grainger (True North), Shireen AminiAireene EspirituGabrielle Louise, and lil ol’ me. Donations will be joyfully accepted and distributed evenly among the artists. (Venmo: @shesspeaking or Paypal) 7 pm Pacific Time. You can tune in on FAR-West’s YouTube channel here!

Oh my goodness, I have had the most delightful invitations to give private lessons in the last couple of weeks. Would you like to work on your songs, or singing, or guitar? I would be delighted to explore this possibility with you! I am currently offering lessons via Zoom or in person outdoors in Sisters and/or Bend/Redmond. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested!

We had a wonderful virtual feedback song salon in July with six songwriters bravely sharing new work and receiving wisdom and feedback from all participating. I’m excited to say that we will continue these feedback song salons as long as there is interest. August’s song salon is already filled…yay and thank you! The next one will be September 20. Let me know at at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested?

Man did we have fun sharing some tunes out at Suttle Lodge! Thank you to Benji and all the staff and everyone who came out to hang with us under those beautiful trees! Thanks to Dennis  McGregor for sitting in! And thank you Cinda for the photo! 🙂

And check out these handsome fellas who gathered just outside my window when  I was practicing a new song!

I hope you are finding ways to keep your spirits lifted. I am finding such joy in writing – both songs and poems – and in sharing my love of music and writing in community. I am looking forward to our beloved Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy and all the wonderful, undiscovered new opportunities that this fall will bring. 

As always, I love hearing from you. Be sure to sign up for Patreon if you’d like to hear new music. Thank you for reading, listening, and cheering me on! With love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

BW World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Take a listen and won’t ya follow me on Spotify?

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

Here’s my face singing songs on Youtube

I’ve mostly given up but sometimes I say things on Twitter

She’s Speaking on YouTube
She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs

July newsy news!

Hello, friends! I hope you are finding ways to stay cool. I just got back from a wonderful Colordado vacation visiting friends and gathering with family and fly-fishing until my arm hurt. It was a glorious time of non-doing, thus the late newsletter this month! 😉 My spirit is rested and full!

Fun events coming up in July:

Wed, July 14 – Virtual Song Circle

Mon, July 19 – Feedback Song Salon (Virtual)

Wed, July 21 – Concert at Suttle Lodge

Scroll down for details!

I have lots of exciting news to share. Firstly, my latest poetry book, Believe The Bird won the San Francisco Book Festival award for poetry. WOOP!!! Thank you to every single one of you who has encouraged me, bought my book, cheered me on, made a place for poetry on your nightstand and in your heart. It means the world to me! And thank you Mezcalita Press, LLC for helping me give it wings. If you would like a copy, you can order one directly from me here. (You can also order it from your independent book store and they will have it in a couple of days! And you can order from Amazon here.)

Other good news is that outdoor concerts are in full swing! I got to play a wonderful back yard concert here in Sisters last month, and it felt SOOOO good to sing for real in-person humans again! It was during that crazy heat wave but we went for it and it turned out to be a lovely evening. Special thanks to our hosts Tally and Forrest, Jeff and Pat, to all of the generous folks who were there, and to Dennis for being a great roadie! 

Speaking of outdoor concerts, I will be playing at Suttle Lodge outside of Sisters on Wednesday, July 21! They have a fun BBQ beer tasting live music series, and I’ll be playing from 5-7 pm. Be sure to come and find me in the Rustic Village once you get there (it will not be on the back lawn where many of their concerts are held). Music is free and food is available for $20 per person, all are welcome! I’m stoked that Modern Times is the guest brewery that evening…I love their Belmont Fermatorium in Portland! 

I have a few slots open for my virtual song circle on Wed, July 14. Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. I hope you’ll come and share a song…all levels of experience are welcome! Original songs and covers are great. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal).

And I’m excited to try our first Virtual Feedback Song Salon on Monday, July 19! Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. All levels of songwriting and performance experience are welcome. This will be a space of non-judgment for songwriters to support their fellow songwriters. Cost will be sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you are comfortable with – no judgment! Please email me if you are interested at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. 

And more exciting news…my baby grand piano is back! What do you say when you close off a room in your heart the size of a baby grand piano and lose the key, figuring you’ll never get back in there anyway? And then a whole long line of angels conspires to keep it safe and bring it back to you? I don’t know what to say except thank you. Thank you Ann Wood and Laura Hurt Howe & family and Do Mi Stauber & Trisha and Bob Howard and Artichoke Music and Don and crew at NW Piano Gallery and my generous landlord. Thank you all the hands that played it and tuned it and kept it safe during the years I could not have it with me. This is my childhood piano. In buying it, my mom was able to establish a credit card in her own name. I was able to practice on a stellar instrument. Even though I write mostly on guitar now, piano was my first love. This very one. Here’s a video of a song I wrote on this piano sixteen years ago. Like many songs, it seems I had to live into it. It means something entirely different now. Praise full circle. Praise friends and angels! 

suitcases by beth wood

Special thanks to Louise Baker and Bruce Swan for hosting me and Tom Kimmel for their “Music My Mother Would Not Like” virtual concert series last month! Tom is one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriter-poets! You can watch it here in case you missed it.

And finally, guess what!? The song I sent my patrons this month called “Keep The Change” was co-written with a very special person… my dad! If you’d like to hear this song and all of the new songs and poems I have shared in the last year, I hope you’ll visit my Patreon page here!  You can become a patron for as little as $1 a month or as much as you want and get access to all of my new work and be an arts-supporting super hero at the same time!

Got some fishin time in…

And some hikin…

Thank you so much for reading and for cheering me on in my artistic journey! I am sending you gratitude over the years and over the miles. Your fan,

Thank you so much for reading and for cheering me on in my artistic journey! I am sending you gratitude over the years and over the miles. Your fan,

Beth Wood

 PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram: @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

She’s Speaking on YouTube


She’s Speaking on Facebook 

She’s Speaking on Instagram: @ShesSpeakingsongs